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Kids get hooked on fishing at Pioneer Days fishing derby Kids get hooked on fishing at Pioneer Days fishing derby

The sounds of children playing and the occasional squeal of a child startled by a fish filled the air at the VFW hosted Arnie Armstrong Memorial Fishing Derby.  On Aug. 5, approximately 150 kids arrived with their families to fish for trout in Spring Creek. Over 400 trout from a local hatchery were introduced into the Ronan park creek for the kids’ fishing enjoyment. Younger kids seven-years-old and under fished from large tanks that made fishing easier and more engaging for them.  WWII veteran and local VFW member Ron Merwin said the VFW has been hosting the event for the last 8 years, but the event has been operating since the 1980s.  “It’s a grea...


Stage 2 fire restrictions in effect

Pursuant to authority established in 25 CFR 163.28, the Hell Gate Treaty, the CS&KT Tribal Constitution, and the Tribal Forest Products Harvesting Ordinance 61 C; the following acts are prohibited on all Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, tribe trust and tribal fee lands within the exterior boundari...


Help keep wild lands safe

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — Tribal Forestry’s Division of Fire needs to warn reservation residents and visitors about the dangers of igniting fires in forested lands. Unattended campfires or other small starts may easily spread and spark much larger fires that could damage pristine lands and ca...


Outdoor burning by permit closed for fire season beginning June 30

News from CSKT Division of Fire The Division of Fire Prevention program would like to let the public know that debris burning by permit closes June 30, but the public can still have campfires. By state law, campfires are limited to 3 feet in diameter. We urge that campers use caution as we head into the...


$1M upgrade in the works for Finley Point State Park $1M upgrade in the works for Finley Point State Park

POLSON – A $1 million upgrade is in the works for Finley Point State Park.  The project, which began in the spring with the removal of some trees and the replacement of two latrines, will result in removal of six of 16 RV spaces in the existing campground next to Flathead Lake.  However...


‘If you care, leave them there’ ‘If you care, leave them there’

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks With spring turning to summer and newborn wildlife beginning to appear, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is urging the public to resist the temptation to pick up young animals, like fawns, even if they appear sick or in need of help. At the height of the season...


Anglers with disabilities land lake trout at 24th fishing without barriers day Anglers with disabilities land lake trout at 24th fishing without barriers day

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks A total of 84 anglers with disabilities participated in the 24th annual Jerry Howard Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 15. Anglers went out on 15 fishing boats provided by the Montana Charterboat Association and a few private craft. Charterb...


2017 best water year, water supplies above normal

News from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation HELENA —Montana’s 2017 water year will be the best in several years, with minimal drought concerns for the growing season, and water supplies in excess of normal in the Flathead and Bighorn River basins, according to the Gove...


Prescribed burn planned at bison range

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) - Fuels Program are planning a prescribed burn on 400 timbered acres within the Elk Creek Drainage of the National Bison Range Refuge. Thi...


Annual bear monitoring, capturing begins in Glacier

WEST GLACIER, MT – Each year, Glacier National Park participates in an interagency effort to monitor grizzly bear population trends in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.  To monitor population trends, bait stations, automated cameras, and traps are used to capture and mark the animals. ...


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